CCDL Response to SHAC Final Report

03/06/2015
For Immediate Release:

The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (The state’s largest grass-roots gun rights group) Is speaking out against the firearms component in the final Report that has been released by the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission today.  http://www.governor.ct.gov/malloy/cwp/view.asp?a=3997&q=516496

Comments from CCDL President Scott Wilson:

“The timing of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission report is par for the course. We are right in the middle of the 2015 legislative session with several gun bills being given a public hearing this coming Wednesday. The Governor and his hand-picked Sandy Hook Advisory Commission continue to ride the horrific Newtown tragedy for all of its worth. The sole purpose of this is to advance an Anti-Constitutional Rights agenda”.

“Banning firearms that can hold over 10 rounds, and forcing law-abiding citizens to engage in prohibitively difficult “hoop jumping” just to own a firearm is not the way a person should be treated anywhere. The recommendations are abusive in nature to people who wish to have the best means necessary protect their families from harm”.
“Governor Malloy shut out gun owners from the very beginning with formation of the Sandy Hook Commission. Not one person on this commission has expressed any concern over violating the 2nd Amendment. Therefore, the opinions of SHAC are based totally on bias, and contain an illusory image of what public safety is. Criminals will always find a way to obtain guns illegally or to harm people via other means”.
Wilson reiterated an earlier point about the SHAC:
“With all of the damage done to law-abiding gun owners in the 2013 legislative session, I am beyond belief that this Commission is suggesting more infringements against human rights that are enumerated in both the United States Constitution, and in our very own state constitution”.

Press Contact:
Scott Wilson
860-235-7490
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About the CCDL: The Connecticut Citizens Defense League was formed in 2009 by a small group of concerned citizens as a non-partisan organization to advocate second amendment rights in the state of Connecticut. Since their founding, the group has grown to over 17.000 members across the state.

Thanks to this large supportive base across the state the CCDL has become a fixture of the capitol, and well-recognized by committees that see firearms related bills.

As the go-to organization in the state they are consulted regularly by lawmakers who have questions and concerns about pending legislation or existing laws. For more information on the CCDL please visit http://www.ccdl.us//

Scott Wilson Sr.
President
CCDL, Inc.
www.ccdl.us

SHAC Final Report

We’ve pretty much covered all the gun-related recommendations of Governor Malloy’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, but the final report will be released today. There is a press conference starting shortly at 3:30pm, which you can watch live online here. CT-N
You can read our prior posts about the report here.
And here is the full, final 277 page report. SHAC Final Report.pdf

Sandy Hook Commission Report – Final Draft

For your weekend reading, here’s the final draft of the report from the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission. If you want a basic idea of what’s inside without reading all 256 pages, read our prior posts.

SHAC – Final Draft Report (pdf)

Thoughts & Prayers for Senator Maynard

State Senator Andrew Maynard (D-18 – Griswold, Groton, North Stonington, Plainfield, Preston, Sterling, Stonington & Voluntown) is in very serious condition after he accidentally fell from a second story outside staircase at his home early Monday morning. Senator Maynard has been a strong supporter of our gun rights, and voted against SB1160 as well as many other prior gun bills. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the senator and his family, and we wish him a speedy recovery.

2014 Legislator Of The Year

The CCDL Executive Board has selected someone for CCDL’s annual “Legislator of the Year” award. This award is to recognize legislators who have shown unwavering support for our 2nd Amendment rights during the past legislative session.

The first person to receive this award was State Rep Rob Sampson (District 80) in 2012. Last year we recognized State Rep Steve Mikutel from the 45th district.

This year, the Board has chosen State Senator Joe Markley (16th Senate district) to receive this award. CCDL President Scott Wilson had this to say about our choice:

“The Connecticut Citizens Defense League Executive Board is proud to have selected Senator Joe Markley to be the organization’s named “Legislator of the Year”. Though there was little activity during the legislative session pertaining to firearms issues, Senator Markley has been looking ahead into this election cycle with an eye towards protecting our rights. This year is crucial for the future of 2nd Amendment rights in Connecticut”.

As those of you who can attend our monthly meetings may already know, Joe attends many meetings himself and has been instrumental in helping CCDL members become more involved in the process of electing Pro2A legislators, as well as retaining those already in office.

Joe will receive his award at our August 12th monthly meeting in Middletown. We invite all CCDL members to attend and thank Senator Markley for helping us restore our rights here in Connecticut. Thank you, Joe!

Troop E (Montville) Permit office Closed For Renovation

TROOP E PERMITTING OFFICE CLOSED WHILE UNDER RENOVATION
Residents may report to Troop C in Tolland

Due to renovations at the Permitting Office located at State Police Troop E in Montville, effective immediately, the office will be closed to the public.

During the week of April 14, 2014, to April 17, 2014, residents may go to Troop C located at 1320 Tolland Stage Road, in Tolland (860) 896-3271, for permitting.

It is anticipated that the Troop E office will re-open in May upon the completion of the renovations. For updates on the reopening/new schedule please refer to our website www.ct.gov/despp

For questions, residents may contact the Special Licensing and Firearms Unit at (860) 685-8494.

Connecticut Chooses Liberty

As I hope everyone by now knows, we’re having a rally at the State Capitol this Saturday, April 5th, and it’s shaping up to be huge. (you ARE going, right?)
Well, the people who support restricting your Constitutional rights know about it too, and they’re scared.

They’re scared because they underestimated the backlash to Public Act 13-3, which turned tens of thousands, maybe even hundreds of thousands of law-abiding Connecticut voters into potential criminals overnight.

They’re scared because they thought we would give up our rights quietly, and then forget all about it. Instead, a year later we’re louder and larger and more organized than ever.

They’re scared because support for their anti-gun agenda is at an all-time low, both nationally and here in Connecticut.

They’re scared because they see what’s happening to legislators who voted against our rights. Many once popular politicians who aspired to higher office have seen their support dry up. Others, who have won by small margins in the past are simply retiring, apparently figuring it’s better to quit then get voted out.

They’re scared because despite their lies and flawed, biased polls, they are realizing that dancing in the blood of children is no longer effective in advancing their agenda.

They’re scared because even other historically anti-gun states like Illinois are rolling back gun control laws.

They’re scared of YOU.

And just like a wild animal that doesn’t understand reason and facts, when they are scared they lash out and attack. It doesn’t matter if what they are saying is untrue. It doesn’t matter if what they want actually makes them less safe. Like an animal, all that matters is what they feel. They attack what they fear most. YOU.

As part of those attacks, they’ve been spreading vicious lies. They claim to be on the right side of history. They say you’re a bully for exercising your 1st and 2nd Amendment rights. They say you’re part of the lunatic fringe. They even have the nerve to compare you to the KKK!

But that isn’t good enough. They’re trying to amplify their weak voice with the use of social media. They’ve set up a “Thunderclap” to try to spread their message of hate.
What the heck is a Thunderclap?

If a tweet falls in the forest…
Social media is an easy way to say something, but it’s a difficult way to be heard. Thunderclap is the first-ever crowdspeaking platform that helps people be heard by saying something together. It allows a single message to be mass-shared, flash mob-style, so it rises above the noise of your social networks. By boosting the signal at the same time, Thunderclap helps a single person create action and change like never before.

You don’t need a huge following for a successful Thunderclap.
A user with 200 Facebook friends could amplify her message better than someone with 3,000 friends. It all depends on your cause’s voice and shareability—and how much your friends are engaged. Thunderclap has already reached millions of people. Check out some of the successful projects on our homepage!

The tipping point
The beauty of Thunderclap is that it sets the goalposts: one message, one number, one date. It’s a common threshold you and your supporters work toward together. It’s a tangible way to measure awareness.

You can see their Thunderclap here.

Now, thanks to our friends at CT Carry, there is a competing Thunderclap you can use to counteract the antis. Please, if you have a Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr account sign up for the Connecticut Chooses Liberty Thunderclap.

Signing up with your various accounts only takes seconds, and it’s vital that we show that we the people are actually the ones on the right side of this issue.

The second thing they are doing is this: Starting at 9:30am tomorrow (Friday, April 4th, 2014) they are going to start calling your state legislators and urge them to support restricting your rights.
We need to counteract that too. So tomorrow morning at 9:15am, I want you to settle down with your phone and start calling yourselves. Tell your legislators the new laws do NOTHING take guns away from criminals or to make people safer; all they do is restrict the rights of law-abiding citizens like yourself. Remind them that you are a voter, and this election you intend to vote 2A. After you get off the phone, I want you to follow-up with emails. After you email, we want you to facebook and tweet them. We want you to be respectful, reasonable, and factual, but we want you to speak up! If you let the other side win at this, they are going to think they have support to restrict you rights further and further until you have none. They want to use your home state as an example to disarm gun owners nationwide. We must not let that happen.

Contacting your legislator is easy. First go to this link and enter your address. It will then show your state and federal legislators. The (web) link will take you to their website, where you will find their phone number, email address, and facebook/twitter accounts if they have them. The (contact) link will take you directly to their email.

Remember, Friday, April 4, 2014 starting at 9:15am we need you to start calling, emailing, tweeting, and facebooking that you are pro 2nd Amendment and a voter. And of course we’ll see you Saturday at the Capitol Building in Hartford.
Carry On!

Governor Malloy Community Forum – East Hartford, April 3

Governor Dan Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman will again be holding a community forum, this time in East Hartford on the evening of Thursday, April 3, 2014. Malloy says this is an opportunity to discuss his agenda for the future with Connecticut residents. The Governor said he would like to discuss finances, job growth, education and the state’s minimum wage. We think it’s an even better opportunity to discuss your gun rights, just like you did a few weeks ago. Maybe you could ask him about this too? [video]

The forum is scheduled to be held from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. (yet again, just one hour) in the Council Chambers on the second floor of Town Hall, 740 Main St., East Hartford, CT.

If you would like to ask the Governor a question you should arrive as early as possible before the event and get on the sign-up sheet to speak.

More information can be found on the Governor’s website here.

Long Gun Permits

Just a reminder, on April 1, 2014 the last major part of Connecticut’s unconstitutional new gun laws takes effect. Starting April 1st, you will no longer be able to buy a rifle or shotgun with just a hunting license or 14 day waiting period. You will be required to have ONE of the following:
  ‣ valid Pistol Permit
  ‣ valid Eligibility Certificate to Purchase Pistols or Revolvers
  ‣ valid Eligibility Certificate to Purchase Long Guns

You will also now have to complete an Application to Purchase Firearms (DPS-67-C), a Sale or Transfer of All Firearms form (DPS-3-C) in quadruplicate, and call DESPP for an authorization number. Just like you do now for a handgun. Remember, just like with handguns, the seller must retain the DPS-67-C for 20 years, and copies of the DPS-3-C must be given to the buyer, DESPP’s Special Licensing and Firearms Unit, and the buyer’s local police department. The seller and the buyer must retain the DSP-3-C for 5 years.

If you don’t have one of the above 3 permits, you can get a Long Gun Eligibility Certificate Application Packet by calling the Special Licensing and Firearms Unit at 860-685-8290. You may also download a screen-fillable pdf of the application itself here. The cost for the application is $35.00 for a 5 year term. An additional $50.00 for the State Fingerprints and $15.00 for the Federal Fingerprints are also associated with the application. State law § 29-37q requires that not later than 60 days after receipt of the national criminal history records check from the FBI that the application be approved or notification of denial be made.

The Long Gun Eligibility Certificate will also allow you to buy ammunition, but it does not allow you to purchase handguns, or carry handguns in public.

sample Long Gun Eligibility Certificate

Martha Dean to Hold Initial Press Conference March 18, 2014

Just received this from Martha Dean:

AVON -    Martha Dean, Republican candidate for governor, will hold a press conference to formally announce her entry into the Connecticut Governor’s race on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the Old State House, 800 Main Street, Hartford.  Dean will outline her vision for Connecticut, her platform, and take questions from the media. All are welcome to attend.
Martha Dean is an attorney who was the Republican nominee for Attorney General of Connecticut in both 2002 and 2010.  In the 2010 Attorney General race Dean won 44% of the vote. Dean’s campaign for Governor is focused on placing Connecticut on strong economic footing while ensuring that citizens are protected from government policies that infringe upon their most fundamental rights.